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Whose bug is this anyway?!?

Posted on December 18th, 2012 at 23:00 by John Sinteur in category: Software


At a certain point in every programmer’s career we each find a bug that seems impossible because the code is right, dammit! So it must be the operating system, the tools or the computer that’s causing the problem. Right?!?

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  1. A good reason to check compiler warnings thrown up by your code.

Hold the pickle

Posted on December 18th, 2012 at 22:45 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!

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Instagram says it now has the right to sell your photos

Posted on December 18th, 2012 at 17:22 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


Instagram said today that it has the perpetual right to sell users’ photographs without payment or notification, a dramatic policy shift that quickly sparked a public outcry.

The new intellectual property policy, which takes effect on January 16, comes three months after Facebook completed its acquisition of the popular photo-sharing site. Unless Instagram users delete their accounts before the January deadline, they cannot opt out.

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  1. This claim that Instagram wants the rights to sell photos for use by third parties rests on an interpretation of the new ToS that I think is not the obvious one, nor the one I bet they intended. I’ll bet you that they’ll be coming out with a press release soon to say, “Uh, that’s not what we meant. That language of “a business or other entity may pay us to display your… photos… in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you” was meant to allow us to display ads next to your photos and not share the revenue with you.

  2. There have been so many cases of outrage over similar things, that if it is indeed the case that “they didn’t mean it that way”, you could make a case to avoid instagram for sheer incompetence.

  3. Better rea: the original statement.

    Our intention in updating the terms was to communicate that we’d like to experiment with innovative advertising that feels appropriate on Instagram. Instead it was interpreted by many that we were going to sell your photos to others without any compensation. This is not true and it is our mistake that this language is confusing. To be clear: it is not our intention to sell your photos. We are working on updated language in the terms to make sure this is clear.

  4. So it’s incompetence then.

  5. I aspire to make it to the level of incompetence where I’ll succeed at creating a service as popular as Instagram.

Huckabee: Lack of religion in classroom leads to violence in schools

Posted on December 18th, 2012 at 17:07 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


Responding to the deadly mass shooting Friday in Newtown, Connecticut, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said new laws regulating guns won’t deter such shootings, linking a lack of religious discussion in the classroom to increased violence in schools.

“We ask why there’s violence in our school but we’ve systematically removed God from our schools,” Huckabee said on Fox News. “Should we be so surprised that schools have become such a place of carnage? Because we’ve made it a place where we don’t want to talk about eternity, life, what responsibility means, accountability.”

What a pity there’s this nasty little category of things called “facts”.

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  1. Fox news; lying to anyone stupid enough to listen since 1996.

  2. While I agree that Mike Huckabee is a dangerous fool, this graph is hardly helpful to find the truth.
    Why cut off at the 26 year mark? There was a sharp increase in school shootings in the US in the 1990s, that has continued to this day.

    Now, I haven’t seen any evidence that this spike has anything to do with religion in Schools. That’s one possible variable in a field of many.

    I’d be interested to see a graph that factors in population, economic conditions, whether or not the US was at war in the given year, and class disparities, for starters. I’d also like to see plotted on there the popularity of films showing anti-heroes going out in a blaze of glory, and some metric for violent rhetoric on the part of politicians, xenophobia on the airwaves, and so on. To make all sides of the equation happy, you can also throw in violent-themed music, video games, and the Teletubbies.

  3. Wikipedia is not a reliable fact source.

RI Teacher Says”I Quit!”

Posted on December 18th, 2012 at 16:11 by Paul Jay in category: News

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Your Adventure, Your Way!

Posted on December 18th, 2012 at 15:44 by Paul Jay in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself, They never learn

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  1. Is this a Predator which I see before me,
    The handle toward my hand?
    Come, let me clutch thee.
    I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
    Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
    To feeling as to sight?

Unless you work for a megabank

Posted on December 18th, 2012 at 14:53 by Paul Jay in category: Great Picture

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How Wal-Mart Used Payoffs to Get Its Way in Mexico

Posted on December 18th, 2012 at 14:28 by John Sinteur in category: News


Wal-Mart longed to build in Elda Pineda’s alfalfa field. It was an ideal location, just off this town’s bustling main entrance and barely a mile from its ancient pyramids, which draw tourists from around the world. With its usual precision, Wal-Mart calculated it would attract 250 customers an hour if only it could put a store in Mrs. Pineda’s field.

One major obstacle stood in Wal-Mart’s way.

After years of study, the town’s elected leaders had just approved a new zoning map. The leaders wanted to limit growth near the pyramids, and they considered the town’s main entrance too congested already. As a result, the 2003 zoning map prohibited commercial development on Mrs. Pineda’s field, seemingly dooming Wal-Mart’s hopes.

But 30 miles away in Mexico City, at the headquarters of Wal-Mart de Mexico, executives were not about to be thwarted by an unfavorable zoning decision. Instead, records and interviews show, they decided to undo the damage with one well-placed $52,000 bribe.

Time to revoke their corporate charter.

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  1. This is just a reflection of what goes on in every planning department of every town in most of North America, I’m sorry to say.

GravityLight: lighting for the developing countries

Posted on December 18th, 2012 at 0:50 by Paul Jay in category: News


GravityLight is a revolutionary new approach to storing energy and creating illumination. It takes only 3 seconds to lift the weight which powers GravityLight, creating 30 minutes of light on its descent. For free.

Following the initial inspiration of using gravity, and years of perspiration, we have refined the design and it is now ready for production. We need your help to fund the tooling, manufacture and distribution of at least 1000 gravity powered lights. We will gift them to villagers in both Africa and India to use regularly. The follow-up research will tell us how well the lights met their needs, and enable us to refine the design for a more efficient MK2 version.

To achieve this we launched a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo and we have been thrilled by the support shown during the first 24 hours of the campaign start. But it’s not yet over we still need your support by contributing to the project and spreading the word.

Contribute to this effort here: indiegogo.com/projects/282006/x/1848870

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  1. I’ve got mine!

Cisco to sell off Linksys division

Posted on December 18th, 2012 at 0:12 by John Sinteur in category: News


Bloomberg is reporting that enterprise networking gear maker Cisco has engaged the services of Barclays to offload its Linksys division. Linksys, which makes home networking gear like SOHO routers and wireless access points, was acquired by Cisco in 2003 for $500 million, and its products have been sold with the branding “Linksys by Cisco” since. Linksys products have retained their focus on home users, while Cisco’s main branding has been reserved for its enterprise equipment.

Good riddance. Now if the rest of Cisco could go die in a fire as well…

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